WOMEN WHO TRAVEL: COLOMBIA
Host + Group Photographer
The local host and photographer on each of our trips have been hand-selected by El Camino Travel and Condé Nast Traveler to help you get the most out of your experience. Your local host, a Colombian eager to share her country with you, will be heading the trip and making sure everything goes smoothly. Your photographer will be the roaming lens snapping it all, to make sure your experience is documented—and allow you to put down your phone for a bit and sink into the moment. One month before you head to Colombia, we’ll share more details on the badass women guiding and shooting your trip. We’re excited for you to meet them.
On-trip Condé Nast Traveler Editor
On a handful of trips, you’ll get to travel—and eat, drink, and shop—alongside a female editor from Condé Nast Traveler. They’ll offer their favorite Colombia travel tips, share what it’s like to travel for a living, and, of course, spill the juiciest stories from life on the road (even those that didn’t make the pages of the magazine...). You’ll also receive a curated list of the places they love most in each of our destinations. This year, four Colombia trips will have an editor on them: February (both dates), June, and September.
If you haven’t noticed, Colombia is having a moment right now. In Cartagena, it’s all about that Caribbean joie-de-vivre: days spent sailing crystalline waters, nights spent shimmying to champeta music in the cobblestoned streets; and the backdrop, an impressive display of colonial architecture, is punctuated by street art and a healthy smattering of street vendors selling fresh fruit and warm arepas. In Medellín, residents have taken the reins back post-Escobar, and given the city the Brooklyn treatment: pour-over coffee shops roast locally grown beans, Colombian designers fill hip boutiques with clothing and wares you’ll want to check a bag for, and restaurants like El Cielo give fine dining that Latin oomph. Yet one thing remains consistent throughout the country: Colombians take pride in sharing their culture with anyone who visits.
Solo travel and safety are two of the biggest topics discussed in the Women Who Travel Facebook group, and we hope this trip will help travelers feel empowered about both. With experts like El Camino Travel leading the charge, we want female travelers to feel excited to hoof it through Colombia solo or with a friend—or two, or three—and meet other passionate travelers along the way.
Eager to learn more about Colombia?
Here are a few stories to make you want to pick up your passport:
How is this trip different from El Camino’s other Colombia trips?
You may have heard of El Camino Travel before—maybe you’ve even traveled with them—and be wondering how this differs from other trips. The essence will reflect El Camino Travel’s values, but it will also be elevated, with the touch of Condé Nast Traveler’s editors: expect chic hotel stays, and new, handpicked experiences (and maybe even a few surprise visits from super travelers we know). And, most importantly, it will be a trip exclusively for self-identifying women.
Like all El Camino Trips, this one will be led by a local guide, with a photographer, both of which have been hand-picked in tandem with Condé Nast Traveler’s editorial team. Unlike other trips, some will also have a third host: a Condé Nast Traveler editor. With these professional travelers at the helm, you’ll have three sources of knowledge on Colombia at your fingertips.
Who is this trip for?
This trip is for the traveler who has an adventurous spirit, who craves learning about—and immersing themselves in—the varied cultures of Colombia, while also supporting local communities through responsible tourism. It’s for the traveler who wants to make the most out of their valuable vacation days, by relying on trusted experts with local connections to bring them to the beating heart of a destination. This trip is for travelers who are open-minded, inherently curious, and enjoy indulging in the moment; for those who are looking to ditch their comfort zone at check-in.
This trip is also for a solo traveler who does not want to travel completely solo—or, for the oft-group traveler who doesn’t want to wait around for their friends or family to commit to a trip. With 15 other travelers, two hosts, and a photographer on board, there’s no such thing as “lonely” on this trip. Of course, you’re always welcome to opt out of group activities when you want a moment to yourself, and every traveler on-board is empowered to do so.
This trip, unlike other El Camino Travel trips, is exclusively for self-identifying females. Women Who Travel focuses on creating safe spaces for women, and this trip is intended to be an extension of that—a trip on which you can have the conversations and ask the questions you might not elsewhere.
A few things to keep in mind...
El Camino Travel provides a high level of customer service, and these itineraries are well thought through—however, it’s important that our travelers are easy-going, and amenable to change in the sometimes unpredictable landscape of Latin American travel. It’s important that guests booking this trip trust our guides, are prepared to roll with last-minute changes, and let us do our thing to make sure everyone heads home with a treasure trove of new friends, impactful moments, and the photos to remember it by.
On that note: We provide a photographer on this trip so that travelers can be present in the moment, rather than worry about capturing it. This photographer is tasked with photographing the experience of the group as a whole, and is not a personal photographer to individual travelers. While this is an important element that adds to the unique experience of El Camino trips, it is not the focus of the trip. Our travelers are more than excited to receive a set of photos each morning—but it’s a perk, not the purpose.
Our hotels have been hand-selected by Condé Nast Traveler editors. They're our favorite stays in these cities—from chic design, to smack-dab-in-the-heart-of-things locations, down to the fluffiest beds that only Colombia could pull us out of—and we know you'll love them.
Cartagena: Tcherassi Hotel & Spa
We’re calling Tcherassi Hotel & Spa home for the next few days. Created by Colombian fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi, this breezy tropical space embodies the vibrant yet sophisticated aesthetic she’s known for. We love the wood-beamed ceilings and patterned bedspreads—but what really gets us out of the room is the walk-out balconies, terraces overlooking the cobblestoned streets outside, and not one but four sparkling pools to cool off in. Read more about Tcherassi Hotel and Spa here.
Medellín: Click Clack
We’re dropping our bags at the soon-to-open Click Clack. Click Clack is currently one of Bogota’s most popular hotels, known for being design-driven, and drawing a glossy, jetset crowd of guests (or just those hitting the bar for a couple of hours). For their second location in Medellin, we’ll be among the first to stay in the talked-about hotel.
Please note that our stays are based on shared rooms. This allows us, among many things, to keep the cost of the trip accessible to as many women as possible, while also enabling us to stay at hotels we love most. It’s important that anyone booking this trip is comfortable sharing a room. If you’re booking this trip with a friend, family member, or significant other, let us know, and we’ll place you together. Traveling solo? No problem—we’ll be in touch before the trip to learn a bit about you and find the best fit for a roommate. We will make it a priority to best situate you, and are happy to chat more in-depth if you have any questions or concerns about this.
Pricing & Payment
These trips cost $3,200 per person (special edition editor-led trips cost $3,600). To guarantee your reservation, you can pay your deposit and view all trip dates by clicking here. A non-refundable 40% deposit is due at the time of booking. Final payment is due no later than 25 days prior to departure. Payments must be made by credit card. Please read our BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS for the full terms of our booking and cancellation policy.
Condé Nast Traveler on-trip editor, on select trips
20 Edited images a day of the group + an additional batch of images 3 weeks after the trip ends (for trips with a photographer)
Domestic flight between Cartagena and Medellín
Transportation to and from the airport
Most meals except where noted
Activities as mentioned above
Tips for drivers and activity hosts